Thanksgiving/Gratitude 2013 Mindfulness and Mood Boosting Tips from Ilana D. Rosenberg, Ph.D.
Even when focusing on gratitude is a priority, it is easy to lose track of it in the hustle and bustle of every day life. Since the human brain is wired for negativity, it is easy to compare ourselves to others and focus on what they have and what we don’t have. Thanksgiving is a great reminder to focus on what is going right and what we do have.
Mindfulness, stress relief and mood boosting tips from Dr. Rosenberg:
Life gets stressful and we can’t control that. The key is to learn how to monitor your thoughts and reactions so that you don’t get overwhelmed. Here are a few tips about what to do when you feel stressed out or unhappy:
- Before you go to sleep at night think about the best thing that happened to you today (e.g. “I love that my daughter snuggled with her sister and read her a book”).
- Notice the overwhelming beauty of nature at this time of year in the changing colors of the leaves.
- Say to yourself: “I am…whatever it is that you want e.g. content, healthy, prosperous…” and notice the ways in which you do have those things already in your life to some degree.
- Put your fingers on your belly button and as you breathe in notice your fingers coming apart and as you exhale your fingers coming together.
Tips for children/teens:
- Teach children who are upset to be like the wolf in the fairy tale of the Three Little Pigs and try to blow your fingers down.
- Teach teens to stop and breathe when upset.
Dr. Rosenberg treats individuals with: anxiety, depression, adjustment issues, relationship difficulties and trauma. She works with adults, teens, and children.
Dr. Rosenberg also has special expertise working with women’s issues.
Her therapeutic method combines working with individuals’ strengths, experiencing emotions and mindfulness training. This approach helps people experience an increased sense of well-being quickly